What is plan B? Using Foucault's archaeology to enhance policy analysis

Bourke, Theresa (2014) What is plan B? Using Foucault's archaeology to enhance policy analysis. In AARE-NZARE 2014 : Speaking Back through Research, 30 November- 4 December 2014, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, QLD. (Unpublished)


Many governments in western democracies conduct the work of leading their societies forward through policy generation and implementation. Despite government attempts at extensive negotiation, collaboration and debate, the general populace in these same countries frequently express feelings of disempowerment and undue pressure to be compliant, often leading to disengagement. Here we outline Plan B: a process for examining how policies that emerge from good intentions are frequently interpreted as burdensome or irrelevant by those on whom they have an impact. Using a case study of professional standards for teachers in Australia, we describe how we distilled Foucault’s notions of archaeology into a research approach centring on the creation of ‘polyhedrons of intelligibility’ as an alternative approach by which both policy makers and those affected by their policies may understand how their respective causes are supported and adversely affected.

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ID Code: 79263
Item Type: Conference Item (Poster)
Refereed: No
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > OTHER EDUCATION (139900) > Education not elsewhere classified (139999)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Teacher Education & Leadership
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 The Author
Deposited On: 08 Dec 2014 00:47
Last Modified: 08 Dec 2014 00:47

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